Effects almost all grayed out

Items in “Effects” dropdown are almost all grayed out and inaccessible, including change tempo and change speed.

I just downloaded 2.1.2 to my Mac Mini running 10.11.2 El Capitan.

Please help. I want to use Audacity for slowing and transcribing music. (And also for digitizing LP’s but that’s a different story.)

Thanks in advance.


You can get massive gray if your timeline is in Pause instead of Stop.

Thanks Kozikowski. That was it. But now I’m disappointed. I hoped to change tempo without changing pitch, but neither “change speed” or “change tempo” seems to do this. “Change tempo” says it does it, but it doesn’t. Pitch is way way lower on 50% slowed down track. Suggestions?

Are you using Audacity in non-English? There could be a translation mistake in the names of the effects.

Here is Change Tempo http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/change_tempo.html.